Oreste Benzi

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Oreste Benzi
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Born (1925-09-07)7 September 1925
 Italy San Clemente, Emilia-Romagna
Died 2 November 2007(2007-11-02) (aged 82)
 Italy Rimini, Emilia-Romagna
Occupation Priest
Years active 1968–2007

Oreste Benzi (September 7, 1925 – November 2, 2007) was an Italian Catholic priest famous for having founded the Pope John XXIII community.[1]


Born in San Clemente, Benzi is best known for his action in defense of the socially marginalised and his battle against prostitution and homosexuality. After his death in Rimini, more than 10,000 mourners attended his funeral including many of the prostitutes he had rescued.[2]

Today, his Community is present in 27 Europe countries, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.


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